The BI market is ripe for consolidation, but not necessarily for the reason of capturing the scarce remaining market share like in the ERP case, but more likely for the reasons of garnering the most complete CPM portfolio.
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actual business activities, i.e., ERP systems'' focus had often appeared to only be getting the correct figures into the general ledger and create a transactional glut. Contrary to it, the BI applications have not experienced the boom-and-bust cycle of the adjacent application areas, and their need has been neither over- nor under-hyped. Business intelligence provides an environment in which business users receive information that is reliable, consistent, understandable and easily manipulated (i.e.,